Karnataka will follow Gujarat model: Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a stir for a brief while in Bangalore with his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of the BJP-led Y S Yediyurappa government on Monday.
''Karnataka would follow the Gujarat model'', Modi said on the sidelines of ceremony in Bangalore, leading media to interpret that he was referring to the state government following 'Hindutava' agenda as was the case in Gujarat.
However, BJP President Rajnath Singh was quick to clarify that Modi was only referring to the Gujarat's ''model of development'' for a clue from by the Karanataka government. said.
Posted: 13.15, November 14, 2007
Muslims demand 14 seats from Cong in Gujarat
Ahmedabad (PTI): Ticket
seekers from the minority community have demanded at least 14 tickets
from the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly election schedules to be held
on December 11 and 16. The
demand has brought the Congress under pressure as the minority community
voters this year have more options available in the form of Bahujan Samaj
Party and New Socialist Movement who have also decided to contest the
had put forward a demand before the party leadership that tickets should
be given to Muslim candidates in at least 14 constituencies where the
population of the community is more than 35 per cent," Gujarat Congress
vice-president J V Momin said.
Posted: 14.50, November 8, 2007
Gujarat riot castaways vent ire
Most of the foot soldiers
of the 2002 riots came from lower castes of the central Gujarat region.
They did rioting, killing and went on to become a votebank in the elections
that followed. But now as the Assembly polls draw near, this votebank
is angry. The money and legal support they were promised has vanished
and instead they are facing prison time and convictions.
Pick up any chargesheet
of any prominent riot case from this region like the Best Bakery, Chalali,
Ghodasar or Eral case and the surnames are likely to be Parmar, Barjod,
Damor - names of prominent OBC, Dalit and tribal castes. Now as legal
activism leads to 800 fresh arrests and convictions, it's a votebank that
is getting restless. ''There is a strong feeling among them that they
have been used particularly against Muslims, they were told that they
would be helped in whatever form in future, be it court cases or whatever.
That didn't happen. That's the reason they could again go back to the
Congress fold,'' said Dinesh Shukla, political analyst.
Posted: 13.10, November 7, 2007
Modi A Killer: Vithalbhai Pandya
Interview of Vithalbhai
Pandya by Yoginder Sikand
Q: What do you feel about the recent judgment by the POTA court in the
Haren Pandya murder case?
A: I firmly believe
that my son Haren Pandya was killed at Modi's behest through D.G. Vanjara,
head of Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad and Modi's blue-eyed boy. This
was because Haren was a transparent and efficient man, whom Modi thought
of as a threat to his power. Haren was opposed to the worship of any individual,
and so became a thorn in Modi's flesh. He was the only BJP MLA in Gujarat
who did not act according to Modi's will.
Posted: 11.50, November 6, 2007
NHRC To Seek CBI Enquiry
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decided to direct an inquiry by the
CBI into the whole episode in the light of accusations made in the programme
"Operation Kalank" on the communal violence in Gujarat,"
the Commission said in a release. The Commission's directive comes after
it viewed the tape sent by the electronic channel, which was broadcast
on October 25, 2007."The allegations had far-reaching implications
and raised vital constitutional issues, which need to be promptly addressed
in the interest of all," the Commission said. The Gujarat government
has been directed to communicate its consent for CBI investigation of
the authenticity of the tapes and the allegations made therein to the
Central government and the Commission within two weeks, the release said.
Posted: 10.40, November 6, 2007
Sonia milks Tehelka in Amul town
For fear of polarising votes, if the Gujarat Congress leaders were confused
about their stand on the Tehelka sting, which brought alive the horrendous
tales of the 2002 massacres, Sonia Gandhi sorted out the dilemma on Saturday,
attacking the BJP for "dragging Lord Ram into its dirty politics".Addressing
a mammoth ‘mahila samman sammellan’ outside a bustling residential
locality in this milk capital, Gandhi chose to interpret the post-Godhra
riots as a personal attack on the women’s self-respect during Modi’s
regime and said now was their chance to throw this "misgovernment"
out. Gandhi told the crowd that it was time to choose between the Congress
or the BJP which "wants to make us a heartless society".
Posted: 16.30, November 5, 2007
Maya’s elephant to enter Gujarat, target
The elephant is ready
for the Gujarat election battle. BSP
chief Mayawati has announced that her party, like in Himachal Pradesh,
will go it alone and contest all 182 Assembly seats.In the 2002 Gujarat
elections, Mayawati — who was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister then
— had campaigned for Narendra Modi. But this time she has changed
sides — the chief minister is her target. The BSP slogan says it
all: Haathi nahi Gajraj hai, Modi ka Yamraj hai (It’s not an elephant...
It is the messenger of Modi’s death). The party’s maiden entry
can only split the anti-BJP votes, more so because its state unit is led
by former BJP dissident Nalin Bhatt.
Posted: 11.30, November 5, 2007
HC dismisses Zakia’s FIR petition against
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat
High Court today dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri wife of slain
former MP Ehsan Jafri and the Citizens for Peace and Justice seeking an
order directing the police to lodge an FIR against Chief Minister Narendra
Modi and 62 others for their involvement in the Gujarat riots of 2002.
Hearing the matter, a single judge bench of Justice M R Shah directed
the petitioners to seek the alternative remedy available, which is making
the application for the same before a judicial magistrate. The court said
that it couldn't direct the police to lodge an FIR as long as there was
an alternative remedy available.
Posted: 12.40, November 3, 2007
The Silence of the Lambs
We are all tempted to forget. Tempted to shake our heads at “mind-numbing”
horror and get sucked back into the urgencies of our own day. Tempted
to lose ourselves in the delight of our children and the distractions
of our rich lives. Tempted to impute sinister motives or just look the
other way. We are tempted, but we must not give in. Because what Tehelka’s
chilling investigation last week showed is not just about Narendra Modi
and some lumpen Hindus. It’s about you and me and who we are as
Posted: 10.20, November 3, 2007
Civil Society Protests in Gujarat
More than a thousand
citizens from all walks of life demonstrated on Thursday at the Gandhi
Statue in the heart of Ahmedabad, to register their moral outrage at the
shocking disclosures made in the Tehelka-AajTak expose on the post-Godhra
Carnage of 2002. The protestors strongly and vocally demanded that:
1. The Central Government
should issue an Ordinance suitably amending the provision of the Delhi
Police Establishment Act which requires the consent of the State Government
for investigating any matter by the CBI and immediately order the entire
matter be investigated by the CBI;
2. The BJP as the principal party in power at the Centre then, and in
the State as well, take moral responsibility for the crimes committed
in 2002, and issue a strong condemnation of those involved in the crimes
and shown in the tapes;
3. The State administration take immediate steps to cancel the bail of
all those named in the tapes, viz. Babu Bajrangi, Jaydeep Patel, and all
others accused in the various cases related to post-Godhra violence, who
have been caught on tape confessing to the same, and who are currently
out on bail;
4. There be a re-telecast of the expose, since most of the State have
been unable to view the same, on account of the unconstitutional ban on
the channels for more than 24 hours;
5. That all public prosecutors and judges in all cases related to 2002,
be re-examined for their proximity or connection to Sangh Parivar outfits,
and make fresh appointments;
6. The police officers named in the tapes be suspended forthwith, and
legal proceedings be initiated against them.
were taken into custody, following which they went on a massive rally
to the Navrangpura Police Station to register their complaint against
the highhandedness of the police. The demonstrators spent almost two hours
at the Navrangpura Police Station when the Police decided to arrest fifteen
of them without any substantial reason. Prominent among those arrested,
were Mr. Hiren Gandhi (Theatre Activist) and Dr. Saroop Dhruv (Activist
and Academician) who were among the key-organisers of the dharna.
Na Nagriko (Citizens of Gujarat)
Posted: 11.20, November 2, 2007
NHRC views Tehelka tapes on Gujarat riots
The National Human
Rights Commission on Wednesday viewed the Tehelka expose on Gujarat riots
aired recently in a private news channel and is likely to take a decision
on the future course of action on Thursday. Taking suo motu cognisance
of the sting operation, the NHRC had asked Aaj Tak news channel to submit
the two tapes before it and the panel received it on Tuesday.
Posted: 12.40, November 1, 2007
Gujarat riots were inhuman, says Sonia
NEW DELHI: In her
first reaction to the sting operation conducted by Tehelka on the Gujarat
riots, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the “recent expose
revealed that what had happened in Gujarat was inhuman". She
also made it clear that her party would not pull any punches in taking
on those behind the communal carnage. “It's the primary responsibility
of civil society and all Congressmen to fight this scourge,” she
said at a function held to confer the Indira Gandhi National Integration
added, “If we don't fight these communal and anti social forces,
they will one day become a huge danger to secular and democratic structure
of the country".
Posted: 11.10, November 1, 2007
Tehelka Tapes filed in Gujarat HC
Mrs. Zakia Nasim Ahsan Jafri has filed an affidavit urging Justice MR
Shah of the Gujarat High Court to take cognisance of Tehelka's Operation
Kalank in the case filed demanding registration of an FIR against Narendra
Modi and 62 others. Mrs Jaffri and Citizens for Justice and Peace had
filed this petition on May 1, 2007 and arguments had been completed in
early September 2007 (Special Criminal Application No 421 of 2007) . The
matter is pending judgement in the Gujarat high court.
Stating in the
affidavit that she is a victim survivor who lost her husband in a mass
carnage at Gulberg society on February 28, 2002, Mrs Jaffri says that
she has asked for an FIR to be registered against Shri Modi and others
on grounds of mass murder and criminal conspiracy. Now,
Mrs Jaffri states, following the Tehelka expose, telecast by the electronic
media on 25.10.2007 that reaffirms the allegations made by the petitioners
as also the fresh allegations against other accused, there is even stronger
evidence against the chief minister his cabinet, other conspirators in
the state cabinet and IAS and IPS officials. This evidence needs to be
considered by the high court that is deliberating the matter.
For Peace And Justice
Posted: 14.15, October 31, 2007
Gujarat riots: 8 get life term
A Godhra sessions
court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to life imprisonment for one of
Gujarat's most brutal riots in Eral during the post-Godhra riots. The
court convicted 11 of the 40 accused, but acquitted the remaining 29.
Chandradeep Parmar, former BJP president Kalol taluka panchayat, and some
VHP leaders were among the eight people convicted for burning a family
alive after raping two girls.
Posted: 11.40, October 30, 2007
Govt to meet on news channel blackout
New Delhi: Information
and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi is expected to convene
a meeting on Tuesday to review the blackout of news channels in Gujarat
after they aired a sting on Godhra riots of 2002.
Collector of Ahmedabad ordered the channels off air on October 26. CNN-IBN,
IBN7, NDTV and Aaj Tak were taken off air after they aired the sting.
The administration justified the move claiming the channels were violating
Clause 5 of the Cable TV Network Regulation Act.
Posted: 11.40, October 30, 2007
Gujarat govt submits Tehelka CD
The Gujarat government
has submitted a CD of the Tehelka expose to the Nanavati Commission, which
is inquiring into the Godhra violence and the following riots. What’s
surprising is that the state government, which was the target of the Tehelka
sting, has itself submitted a TV recording of the expose to the commission.
Sources say the state government has asked the commission to put the tapes
on record. While the state Law Minister, Ashok Bhatt refused to comment
on the issue, many insiders believe that with elections round the corner,
the move was politically loaded. Chief Minister Narendra Modi is trying
to send a signal that he didn't fear any inquiry.
Posted: 10.10, October 30, 2007
Let the people decide: Modi
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declined to comment on the Tehelka
exposè on the post-Godhra communal riots in the State in 2002.
to the exposè, Mr. Modi said he had decided not to react to the
“abuses and criticism” being heaped on him from various quarters.
It would be for the people to decide the truth and not for him to react
to every “abuse hurled at him.”
Posted: 14.10, October 29, 2007
Gujarat Pogroms: Take Immediate Action
The shocking and graphic
details of the massacre of the minority community in Gujarat in 2002 have
been brought out by the perpetrators themselves in the Tehelka footage
shown on television. It has confirmed what is well known that the 2002
violence in Gujarat was a State-sponsored one. The Chief Minister Modi
and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation of
human rights and subversion of the Constitution. A number of cases pertaining
to the Gujarat killings are before the Supreme Court. There has been a
great delay in disposing of these cases and bringing the culprits to book.
The Tehelka tapes should be taken as prime facie evidence and the Supreme
Court and the Central Government should move expeditiously to see that
all those guilty are brought to justice. The Central Government and the
law enforcement agencies have a special responsibility in this regard.
Posted: 10.40, October 29, 2007
Religious leaders shocked at Tehelka revelations
Mumbai : Several spiritual
and religious leaders including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Swami Agnivesh
Saturday said that those behind Gujarat's communal violence of 2002 "should
be ex-communicated from the Hindu fold". While
lauding the courage of the Tehelka journalists for its undercover operation
on the perpetrators of violence, the leaders associated with Sarva Dharam
Sansad ('Parliament of Religions') said that the conduct of those responsible
for such cold-blooded crimes distorts the spirit of Hindu thought and
Posted: 09.50, October 29, 2007
Arvind Pandya Resigns, Files FIR Against Reporter
Arvind Pandya, Gujarat
State Counsel who admitted on camera how he hopes to subvert the cause
of justice in the Gujarat carnage, has resigned from his position. Among
other things, Pandya said on camera that “Were Modi not a minister,
he would have burst bombs”. In a press conference, he claimed that
the undercover reporter had given him a “script” to read,
which is what is seen on the tape. Pandya has also filed an FIR against
Aaj Tak Gujarat Bureau Chief Dhimant Purohit, under several sections ranging
from “criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and fraud”. He
claimed that he had very good relations with Purohit and he misused them.
Purohit has so far not been given a copy of the FIR by police authorities.
Purohit has decribed the allegations as false and baseless.
Posted: 20.10, October 27, 2007
Teesta Setalvad moves SC on Tehelka sting
Social activist Teesta
Setalvad has moved the Supreme Court, urging it to look into the Tehelka
sting. Teesta, in her application, said Tehelka records should be used
as evidence in the riot cases. She has also sought action against those
people who have made on-camera confessions. Setalvad has also urged the
court to speed up the riot cases pending since November 2003 because the
security of the witnesses was at stake.
Posted: 17.10, October 27, 2007
'They Have To Stop Picking On The Messenger'
Editor-in-Chief Tarun J Tejpal responds to allegations that question Tehelka’s
motives, saying that it’s a low political ploy to take attention
off the real issue – the Gujarat government’s unmistakable
complicity in the heinous crimes of 2002. Read
Posted: 13.15, October 27, 2007
Murder Will Out: Responses in the Press
The English press
in India has been playing this story in a muted, cautious manner. Strong
statements are only coming from the most improbable quarter.The
Hindu gave it four-inches on Pg 12, where they reprinted a newswire report.
The Hindustan Times ran their own story on Pg 13, emphasising that “Tehelka
says… but we don’t.” The Indian Express gave it the
most inches on Pg 1, under the header: “Sting traps footsoldiers
of Gujarat riots boasting about killings with state support,” but
made no editorial statements. Who
would have guessed that it would be the Times of India that, under the
header “Guj Rioters Brag About Killings,” actually had the
guts to say this: “Indeed the phrase “state-sponsored genocide,”
often bandied about by activists, may not be an exaggeration if these
claims of rioters are correct.”
The Roti (Blog)
Posted: 12.50, October 27, 2007
A reminder about an unfinished business
has jogged our memories and shown us what is deemed to be another visible
and horrifying aspect of the Gujarat riots, the job is pending with the
Nanavati Commission. Surely, any delay in starting the judicial process
against the killers and their abettors — and there were abettors
in the state official machinery — will be a delay in bringing justice
not only to victims in Gujarat but also to the nation. Instead of sinking
into the quicksand of politics that is bound to develop from the Tehelka
‘exposé’ in the months leading up to the December polls
in Gujarat, let the Commission findings be expedited fast. Before a very
real genocide turns into a myth that turns into a rumour that no hand
of the law will be able to touch.
Posted: 11.50, October 27, 2007
After sting, Modi takes on media
A day after Tehelka
magazine's sting operation revealing gory details of the Gujarat riots
in 2002, news channels in Ahmedabad were the first target of Chief Minister
Narendra Modi's anger.Ahmedabad collector Dhananjay Dwivedi ordered the
channels showing Tehelka expose to go off air in the city. He said airing
of the sting could disturb communal peace in Ahmedabad.Reacting to the
move, the Election Commission has asked for an explanation from the collector
for banning the channels.
Posted: 11.15, October 27, 2007
Congress wary of all-out attack
NEW DELHI: Congress
has decided against dragging the Tehelka expose on 2002 riots in the run-up
to Gujarat elections, even as the party on Friday called for Chief Minister
Narendra Modi's resignation in the wake of televised confessions of members
of saffron family that it was a state-sponsored genocide. While spokesperson
Jayanthi Natarajan said called for Modi's head to save the constitution
and the civilised society, she carefully avoided bringing the Centre into
picture, putting the ball in the court of judiciary. Insiders termed the
initial reaction as "mandatory", stressing party is not interested
in carrying it further, lest it whips up a Hindu sentiment. The party
would strongly avoid any campaign on riots in Gujarat.
Posted: 10.30, October 27, 2007
Television Channels Banned In Gujarat
TEHELKA has recieved a confirmed report that the Ahmedabad District Collector
has ordered cable operators to take the TV channels Aaj Tak and IBN7 off
air citing "law and order problems" in the district.
Posted: 21.30, October 26, 2007
Exposé on Deadly Riots in India
By Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Foreign Service
NEW DELHI, Oct. 25 -- Five years after one of India's worst episodes of
Hindu-Muslim violence, a series of videotaped confessions released Thursday
showed Hindu activists acknowledging their roles in the killings and detailing
blatant state collusion.
In the video footage,
recorded as part of an undercover investigation by a New Delhi-based weekly
magazine called Tehelka, Hindu activists and politicians bragged about
hacking Muslims to death and burning their bodies. One assailant said
he slit open a pregnant woman's stomach.
Posted: 20.40, October 26, 2007
'Tehelka footage can be taken as evidence'
New Delhi: Blaming
the Narendra Modi government for the 2002 Gujarat communal violence, CPM
on Friday said the Tehelka tapes showing "shocking and graphic details"
of the massacre should be taken as prima facie evidence and those guilty
brought to book expeditiously.
In a statement, the
party said the Centre and the law enorcement agencies have a "special
responsibility" in this regard. "The Chief Minister (Narendra)
Modi and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation
of human rights and subversion of the Constitution," the CPM said.
Posted: 18.15, October 26, 2007
The Echo Chamber
Moments after 7 pm
yesterday, we knew the Gujarat riots formed the subject matter of the
latest Tehelka expose. And, without sitting through the television coverage
on Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, you knew broadly what the reaction was
going to be. Scanning blogs, comments on message boards, I am not disappointed:
the reaction is exactly on the lines I had anticipated. It is the predictably
ad hominem nature of public discourse that I find most startling—
no matter what is being discussed, the echo chamber, in an impressive
display of collective paranoia, turns it around into an us versus them
debate, in which the actual issue becomes irrelevant except as a peg to
hang such diatribes on.
Posted: 17.55, October 26, 2007
Poll: Will law catch up with Modi?
The question, therefore,
is: will the long arm of the law finally catch up with chief scientist
Narendra Modi who now stands squarely exposed in the town centre? Or will
he, like Bal Thackeray of Bombay 1993 and the Bhagats and Tytlers of 1984,
walk free till all but the very end? Should the UPA government act to
demonstrate that there is something called law and order? Or will it cringe
because it might help Modi in “polarising the Hindu vote”
in the run-up the assembly elections? Should the Supreme Court take suo
motu notice of the murderous machinations of the “Modern-Day Nero“?
Or, arise Jaya Jaitely, are all sting operations fabricated until proven
Posted: 15.35, October 26, 2007
Lalu for arrest of Modi, Advani
Accusing Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Kishenchand
Advani of "orchestrating mass murder" in Gujarat after the Godhra
train inferno, Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday demanded
their immediate arrest in the wake of the Tehelka sting operation. "The
sting operation by Tehelka has exposed Modi's deep involvement in the
post-Godhra Gujarat riots. Since Modi enjoys the patronage of senior BJP
leader L K Advani, the opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, the latter
cannot escape culpability for the mass murder," Lalu told reporters
Posted: 14.45, October 26, 2007
Prima facie, we can take cognisance: Nanavati
Justice G T Nanavati,
who along with Justice K G Shah, is probing the Gujarat riots said tonight
that he was unable to watch the sting broadcast on Aaj Tak but when told
about it, he said: “I will see the transcript tomorrow. Prima facie,
it appears we can take cognisance of what those caught on camera were
saying and take note of that.”
Posted: 12.50, October 26, 2007
Cautious Congress questions timing of Modi sting
The Congress was cautious
in its reaction to the sting operation conducted by a weekly that purportedly
provided clinching evidence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role
in post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002. Far from going ballistic against
the CM as could be expected from an Opposition party in times of election,
the Congress questioned the timing of the disclosures.
Posted: 12.50, October 26, 2007
Indian Americans Demand Arrest of Perpetrators
PRESS RELEASE: We
demand that the Central government take immediate steps to arrest those
who are seen proudly admitting on camera to these crimes against humanity
and to intervene in the state of Gujarat under the provisions of the Indian
constitution. We request the Indian diaspora to contact the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and union home minister Shivraj V. Patel demanding action
against the perpetrators.
Posted: 11.35, October 26, 2007
Tehelka Tapes Confirm Supreme Court Concerns
The [Tehelka] revelations
undoubtedly confirm the Supreme Court’s unprecedented strictures
against Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The apex court had described Gujarat
government as “the modern day Nero’’ while pointing
out the State’s inertia in apprehending the key accused in a post-Godhra
riot case. An anguished Bench comprising Justices BN Agrawal and AK Mathur
had observed that either the police was “conniving’’
with the accused or was “worthless”. "When fences start
to swallow the crops, no scope will be left for survival of law and order
or truth and justice. Public order as well as public interest become martyrs
and monuments’’, the apex court said.
Posted: 11.10, October 26, 2007
Credibility Concerns Irrelevant
Modi Lovers raise
fingers on the credibility of Tehelka. Credibility of media. And go on
to point that Modi has given corruption free development to Gujarat, his
popularity and how this will not affect his chances in the poll. I wonder:
How is Tehelka’s credibility relevant? If a doctor shows you a diagnosis
which indicates you have cancer, would you point out to the boil on the
doctors hand to prove that you can’t have cancer?
Posted: 10.20, October 26, 2007
Put Modi Behind Bars, Left Asks Centre
Left parties reacted
strongly to the findings of the sting operation by Tehelka magazine, and
asked the UPA government to act immediately and put Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi behind bars as “he is the main culprit and organiser
of the Gujarat genocide.” They said what had been in the realm of
speculation has now been proved beyond doubt. CPI leaders AB Bardhan and
Shamim Faizi said Modi has no right to continue in the office now.
Posted: 22.40, October 25, 2007
"Dirty Tricks", Says BJP
BJP spokesman Prakash
Javedekar said the "dirty tricks department" of the Congress
was working to tarnish BJP at the time of the Assembly elections in Gujarat.
The Party accused Tehelka of acting as "CIA (Congress Investigating
Agency) and it was a collusive sting which could hardly be called investigative
22.10, October 25, 2007